Maple samara in flight. Maple samaras fly with one wing In late April, the ground becomes littered with samaras, the winged seeds of maple trees. With the right wind, the single-winged "whirlybirds" can carry the tree's embryos more than a mile.
I have these plants for Mike and Yuting's garden: Seed pod from Chinese lanterns. As the beautiful orange lantern decays it leaves a weblike cocoon which finally releases the seed at the right time. Evidence of design.
A scanning electron microscope captures the honeycomb shape of the Mexican wildflower seed ( Lamourouxia viscosa ). Many wind dispersed seeds have a honeycomb pattern which allows them to travel more effectively. Image via Rob Kesseler